Engineers tasked with “doing more with less” - study finds

March 06, 2015 // By Graham Prophet
Market researchers and analysts IHS have published a study entitled “Pulse of Engineering”, which lends weight to the idea that the pace of engineering is accelerating, and that engineers are under increasing pressure to produce results.

Which issues cause the biggest headaches for today’s engineers around the world? - asks IHS. According to its global study, the pressure to work faster, the threat caused by institutional knowledge drain and challenges posed by environmental regulations are among the chief concerns.

More than 2,100 engineers and technical professionals responded to a recent survey, the results of which appear in a report called The Pulse of Engineering: The Changing Work Environment for Engineers Today.

“The research offered an opportunity to validate what many people already think is true about the profession, and to uncover information about market dynamics and industry trends that otherwise might not be apparent,” said David Wagman, editorial director for IHS Engineering360.

The report details the demands that engineers from around the world face from increasingly complex designs, shorter design cycles and mounting environmental regulations. It also offers recommendations for industrial marketers to better understand their target audience, align their products more closely with buyers’ needs and industry trends, and strengthen relationships with customers and prospects.

Key findings include:

- Slightly more than half of engineers (52%) said the pace of engineering is accelerating, and 57% said they are asked to do more with less.

- Respondents agreed that designs are becoming more complex at the same time that design cycles are shrinking and time-to-market pressures are increasing.

- About seven in 10 respondents noted that constraints on resources, specialised knowledge, budgets and time were jeopardising productivity, product quality and innovation.

- Designing and developing environmentally sustainable products was cited by more than 90% of respondents as an important part of their work.

You can download a copy of the report (registration required), go to